by / April 26th, 2010 /

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

With very special guests
IVEAGH GARDENS, Dublin
Sunday 18th July 2010
Tickets on sale Friday 23rd April at 9am

‘If you love music and have a device on which to play it, you should listen to Josh Ritter’¦’
‘”Mary-Louise Parker in Esquire
So Runs The World Away, the new album from renowned singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, will be released April 23rd on Independent Records Ireland. This is the fifth full-length recording from Ritter, who has been widely heralded by critics and fans alike. Of the Idaho-native, Paste magazine declares, ‘Put simply, Ritter is the most gifted interpreter of Americana, as an arranger and a lyricist, working today.’ To coincide with this release Josh has announced that he will play a special intimate show in the stunning Iveagh Gardens on Sunday July 18th. Tickets are €38 on sale this Friday at 9am through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 300.
Recorded over 15 months at the Great North Sound Society in Maine, with additional recording at Brooklyn’s Saltlands Studio, So Runs The World Away continues Ritter’s longtime collaboration with producer and keyboard player Sam Kassirer. Additionally, the album features the return of Ritter’s core line-up of touring bandmates: Zack Hickman, Austin Nevins and Liam Hurley.
Of the record, Ritter says, ‘I think of the songs on So Runs the World Away like pictures painted in oil on large canvasses. It’s a record preoccupied with the extremes of scale, from infinitesimal particles to the nearly incomprehensible distances between the head of a pin and a nebula. Where the songs felt large to me, I wanted them to be huge, both musically and lyrically. I wanted them to feel like the steel hulls of massive ships sliding by deeply from below. Where they were small, I concentrated in on the smallest details that I could and we tried to make the music and the words work together. I love writing, and this was the most fulfilling record I’ve yet written.’
Praise for Josh Ritter:
”¦he sets out to carry a world of ideas on a few basic chords’¦.there is no limit to the depth and ambition of his songs.’’”The New York Times
‘How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions.’’”The Washington Post
”¦this is the most exuberant outburst of imagery since Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.’’”Stephen King naming The Animal Years his #1 album of 2006 in Entertainment Weekly
‘The 10 Most Exciting Artists Now’’”Entertainment Weekly

Josh Ritter live @ The Iveagh Gardens on Sunday July 18th. Tickets are €38 on sale this Friday at 9am through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 300.